All you need to know about Super Bowl 2022 if you don’t watch football

Super Bowl 2022: Everything you need to watch and get ready for Rams vs. Bengals on Sunday

Super Bowl LVI kicks off on Sunday, February 13 and NBC Sports has you covered with all you need to know about this year’s game. Coverage of the 2022 Super Bowl begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock and can be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

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Keep reading to see the full TV schedule as well as who’s performing the NFL halftime show, national anthem and more. Plus, learn more about the teams playing in Super Bowl LVI: the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.

How to watch Super Bowl LVI

Super Bowl 2022 will air live on NBC and Peacock this Sunday, February 13. Coverage will begin at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Teams: Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Location: SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Kickoff time: 6:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: Watch live on Peacock, NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com

Super Bowl 2022 TV schedule

NBC Sports’ “Super Gold Sunday” schedule on Sunday, February 13 will feature live coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics and Super Bowl LVI on NBC and Peacock:

Who is singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVI?

This year’s national anthem will be performed by Grammy-nominated singer Mickey Guyton ahead of kickoff between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. Guyton earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album of the Year with her debut album Remember Her Name. The national anthem will be preceded by a performance of “America the Beautiful” by six-time Grammy-nominated artist Jhené Aiko. Actress Sandra Mae Frank will perform the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” in American Sign Language.

Who is performing at the Super Bowl halftime show this year?

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will all headline the Super Bowl LVI halftime show. The five artists have a combined 22 number one Billboard albums and 44 Grammy Awards.

What to know about the Cincinnati Bengals

In just two years, the Cincinnati Bengals went from the worst team in the NFL to playing in Super Bowl LVI. After making the playoffs for five straight seasons from 2011-2015, the Bengals went five seasons without a playoff berth. In that time, Zac Taylor was brought in as head coach and Joe Burrow was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

This season, the Bengals entered the postseason as the No. 4 seed after winning the AFC North with a 10-7 record. From there, they defeated the Las Vegas Raiders, the Tennessee Titans and finally Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game, bringing them to Super Bowl LVI to play against the Los Angeles Rams. Cincinnati now has the chance to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Plus, Joe Burrow has a chance to add a Super Bowl win to a list of his accomplishments including an NCAA Championship and Heisman Award.

Bengals coach, key players

Head coach: Zac Taylor

Quarterback: Joe Burrow

Wide receiver: Ja’Marr Chase

Running back: Joe Mixon

Cornerback: Eli Apple

Linebacker: Logan Wilson

What to know about the Los Angeles Rams

The Rams most recently played in Super Bowl LIII in the 2018 NFL season where they lost to the New England Patriots with Jared Goff at quarterback. This past offseason, Los Angeles traded Goff to the Detroit Lions for QB Matthew Stafford. In addition, the team signed Odell Beckham Jr. and acquired Von Miller from the Denver Broncos. Running back Cam Akers made a stunning return after tearing his achilles in July, adding talent to a roster that already features the likes of Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey and Cooper Kupp.

After finishing the regular season with a 12-5 record, the Rams opened up their NFL Playoffs run with a blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals. They then won a thriller against the Tampa Buccaneers and defeated the San Francisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl LVI. Los Angeles now has the chance to win a Super Bowl at their home stadium, something the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did for the first time in NFL history last year.

Rams coach, key players

Head coach: Sean McVay

Quarterback: Matthew Stafford

Wide receiver: Cooper Kupp

Running back: Sony Michel

Defensive tackle: Aaron Donald

Cornerback: Jalen Ramsey

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2022 Super Bowl halftime show set list: The lineup is heavy on star power, but which songs will they perform?

Let’s just say it now, so we can move past it and focus on being productive. The past few Super Bowl halftime shows have been mediocre at best. The Weeknd, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Maroon 5 represent a truck load of meh. The last worthwhile performance was by Lady Gaga at Super Bowl LI, and it’s been even longer since Beyonce’s magnetic show in Super Bowl XLVII. Needless to say, a jolt of electricity was needed to freshen things up this year, and fans got just that with this lineup.

Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Snoop, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar represent three generations of hitmaking. Each of them is a Hall of Famer. Each artist comes packed with a plethora of songs to pull from, but when you have so many options, how do you decide? More important, which songs make sense for the however many millions of people who will watch the Super Bowl?

For the bettors in the house, this is no easy feat to figure out. Below, you’ll find our best bet on the songs that will make the cut, along with what we’re placing the figurative odds at for each one.

Dr. Dre

The best bets: “Nuthin But A G Thing” (3-to-1 odds)/”Forgot About D.R.E” (5-1)/”California Love” (7-1)
The longshots: “The Next Episode” (15-1)/”Xplosive” (20-1)

Jason Jones: “Nuthin But a G Thang” has to be the odds-on favorite in this group. It’s a West Coast classic with a catchy hook. It allows Dre and Snoop to incorporate lowriders into the show and is a perfect way to start or end the show. “Forgot About Dre” is the best chance at a Dre-Eminem collaboration. Along with “Still D.R.E” and “The Next Episode,” it’s one of the songs most likely to be performed from “Chronic 2001.” No way we hear “Xxplosive.” Kurupt’s verse to open the song is so profane that it was taken off any edited version of the song. I also don’t see how the late, great Nate Dogg’s part of the song is played in any way that doesn’t scare the FCC.

Rhiannon Walker: I’m giving “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” a 100 percent chance of being played. It’s the one song I feel the most confident in hearing of the artists and songs we’re talking about. It’s a classic song that even people who have to pay $6,000 just to get in a seat for the Super Bowl will know and can vibe to. I’m also expecting it to be the close-out song for Dre. The song with the next best odds — and to Jason’s point because of the collaboration factor — is “Forgot About Dre” with Eminem. That one I’m giving a strong 80 percent chance of being played because it gives the show a chance for some measure of creativity between those two. “The Next Episode” brings up the group at 75 percent, in my book. It’s a popular song that won’t make the audience clutch their pearls like “Xplosive” most certainly would, and Snoop Dogg does have some parts on that song, offering another opportunity for a tag team of performers. I want to also throw a wild card into the mix: I’m fairly certain that Dre will play “California Love” before his segment of the performance is finished. I’m well aware that it’s a Tupac Shakur song. But it’s one of Dre’s most successfully produced songs, and given the location of the game, I’m saying it’s a foregone conclusion we hear it Sunday.

Snoop Dogg

The best bet: “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (3-1)
The longshots: “Gin & Juice” (15-1)/”Ain’t No Fun” (1,000-1)

JJ: Is Snoop’s gin a sponsor? Is there a gin sponsor at all? If not, I can’t see “Gin & Juice” being played in SoFi Stadium. “Ain’t No Fun” always gets the party going for anyone who came of age in the mid-1990s, but the halftime show isn’t exactly ready for that kind of party. It’s a party anthem that celebrates the kind of misogyny we’re supposed to have moved past with maturity. But I cannot deny that when that beat drops, it takes me back to a fun time in life. It’s just not the nostalgia that’s Super Bowl-appropriate. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” is probably Snoop’s biggest hit on the charts and the favorite to be performed, even if the higher-ups cringe at the thought of Snoop not altering the line “I roll the best weed cuz I got it going on.” There could also be a wild card because Snoop is dropping new music this week.

RW: Ah, Jason. You and I were so much on the same page with Dre, and immediately I have to respectfully disagree with you about “Gin & Juice.” Regardless of sponsorship or the crowd physically in place at SoFi, finding ways to get the people at home to tune in and run up the viewership numbers is the name of the game here. So while some — many — of the people in SoFi may not feel that song is their cup of tea, Snoop Dogg has to put himself first. (See Taraji P. Henson’s famous quote from “Empire” making the rounds on TikTok these days.) Putting himself first means playing that song, because at one point in his career he wouldn’t have given a damn about what the people filling that stadium would think. “Drop It Like It’s Hot” has a surefire, 100 percent chance of being played. “Beautiful” could get played, could not. The third song from Snoop could be something I can’t anticipate, but I’m solid on the other two.

Eminem

The best bets: “Lose Yourself” (2-1)/”My Name Is” (5-1)
The longshot: “Cleaning Out My Closet” (20-1)

JJ: It’s gotta be “Lose Yourself,” right? It’s the only song that works for this environment. Anything else would just be odd. “Cleaning Out My Closet” is a concert song but not something you want to hear at halftime. Plus, I don’t know if Em has one upbeat theme to any song that references his mother. “My Name Is” would be good as an intro, but that’s about it. At his peak, Em was so controversial that it’s hard to whittle down what works, but the song from his movie, “8 Mile,” works best.

RW: “Lose Yourself” is the best song for the occasion with Eminem, and I do line up with you, Jason, that he’s probably going to come out to “My Name Is.” He could also play “Without Me,” “The Real Slim Shady” or “Just Lose It.” Those are some of his safer upbeat songs, because the alternative options include “Stan,” “Mockingbird,” “White America” … shall I go on? This man has no problem dragging folks for filth, and between the FCC and the sponsors, I’m going to safely bet they’re trying to avoid offending the audience in attendance or any partners who may pull big bucks should Em get thoroughly into his bag.

Mary J. Blige

The bet bet: “Family Affair” (3-1)
The longshots: “Real Love” (20-1)/“Be Happy” (30-1)/”Touch It” (45-1)

JJ: “Family Affair” has to be the favorite. It’s produced by Dre, and this is his showcase. It’s up-tempo, had commercial success and gave us the terms “hateration” and “holleration” as part of our regular conversation. And I’d never heard the term “dancery” before this song, either. “Be Happy” would work, too, but it’s not the song that I want to hear. Same with “Real Love.” This is not the time for wishing for romance or picking up your spirits.

RW: “Family Affair” will clearly be Mary J. Blige’s hit song for the night. I don’t know. Her main thing is singing love songs, so “Real Love” and “You Remind Me” have pretty good chances of being performed. The most up-tempo song I couldn’t really see her performing, but maybe she will, is her verse off the “Touch It” remix. It was a strong bar, but I doubt enough people know it well for her to go into her bag that one.

Kendrick Lamar

The best bets:”DNA” (3-1)/”Humble” (12-1)/
The longshots: “Money Trees” (20-1)/”Blacker The Berry” (500-1)

JJ: “The Blacker The Berry” just feels like the perfect song in the wake of the Brian Flores lawsuit. It’s a pro-Black anthem that would certainly stir up folks if they aren’t familiar with Kendrick’s catalog. But assuming they’ve been laying out plans before last week, I think “DNA” is the best bet to be performed. It’s off the last album and has an edge to it. I’d love “Money Trees” just because I love the storytelling and the idea of Jay Rock being a part of the Super Bowl, but I’m not sure how a slower-paced song blends with this group.

RW: Depends on which version of Kendrick Lamar we’re getting. If he’s going more conscientious, then “Blacker The Berry” would be the perfect song for him to play all things considered with the NFL’s hiring practices again coming under fire with the lawsuit. Even if he doesn’t go with that song, then “Alright” would be my next pick. Actually, that’s my second-favorite song for him to perform behind “Humble,” off his last album, then I’m expecting “Swimming Pools” to be the final song. There’s no chance he’s giving that audience or anyone not Black a chance to say the N-word repeatedly with “m.A.A.d city.” As much as that song fits for a sporting occasion, there ain’t no way in hell. “Money Trees” has such a Cali vibe to it, and look, if you have Mary J. Blige on the ticket, I don’t think it’s entirely out of the question that a slower rap song gets played. I mean, hell, look at a number of the songs we picked.

(Top photos: Gary Miller / FilmMagic; Kevin Winter / Getty Images; Ser Baffo / Getty Images for BET; Scott Legato / Getty Images; Kevin Winter / Getty Images for Live Nation)

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